“ Brand: Quaker / Type: Crisps „
As some of you may know I'm recovering from an eating disorder so I'm on the hunt for snacks that aren't too filling, aren't unhealthy, are easy to eat and make it easier to top my calorie goal off. Things like Snack A jacks are ideal to just pop in my mouth without really knowing I'm eating them. I hadn't bought any in a while but when I was in Asda this week I noticed snack a jacks 'jumbo' were on offer and thought the caramel flavour sounded yummy and thought they would satisfy my sweet tooth, so in the trolley they went.
In case you're wondering what a snack a jack is because it isn't entirely obvious, they are flavoured wholegrain rice and corn cakes. The snack a jacks company produce a wide range of snack products all low calorie and with 8 % fat or less. Their products include jumbo rice cakes (which I am reviewing today), single 'crisp' style packs and 'crisp' style multipacks.
~ Product and availability ~
Snack a jacks jumbo rice cakes are available to buy in most major supermarkets such as Asda, Tesco's and Sainsbury's. The jumbo rice cakes are only available to buy in one size of 159g but as I mentioned earlier you can buy the single bags which contain a number of smaller rice cakes. At full price a bag of jumbo rice cakes contain £1.69 which is a bit steep and I refuse to pay that for what they are (you get roughly 17 rice cakes in a bag) but they are currently on offer in Asda at £1.00 or 2 for £2.50 at Tesco's and Sainsbury's, which is an excellent saving and much more of a reasonable price - I opted for the £1.00 option from Asda. You can buy Snack a jacks jumbo rice cakes in a variety of sweet and savoury flavours including salt & vinegar, cheese, barbeque, caramel (the one I'm reviewing), choc chip and choc coconut. The single packets have a few more extra flavours to the range including sour cream & chive, sweet chilli, prawn cocktail, hot tomato and chutney. So there's really a flavour for everybody to enjoy!
~ Packaging ~
Snack a jacks jumbo caramel come in an orange packet with a twisted top, the same sort of packaging that bread comes in only thicker. There is a plastic tie around the top to keep the rice cakes fresh and crisp. On the front of the packaging you will find the snack a jacks logo and some pictures of the rice cakes themselves. You can also find basic nutritional information in the left hand bottom corner. On the back you will find the ingredients, allergy advice, detailed nutritional information, snack a jacks quality promise, contact details and a picture of the snack a jacks range. I'd say the packaging was quite nice, its eye-catching on the shelves because of its shape (cylinder with a twist at the top) compared to the other snacks in old plain boring bags and it's very helpful that it comes with its own plastic tie so you don't have to dig out a tub to transfer them into.
~ Smell, appearance & taste ~
Opening the bag you are greeted with that lovely smell of caramelised sugar, almost like a flapjack type smell. Very sweet, but not in a sickly way with a hint of golden syrup and perhaps butterscotch. There smell is very appealing and quite rich which fills me with hope that these taste as good as they smell. Digging one out of the bag I noticed that they are of a very decent size, I'd say they are about the size of a small saucer, they crumble quite easily so you have to be careful when getting one out of the bag so you don't get a fist full of crumbs but I think it's the same with anything like this; biscuits, crackers...they all break and thinking about it you can't really expect these to be very strong because they are only made from rice after all. They don't look that exciting; there round and slightly golden which is obviously the caramel coating and you can see the little bubbles of rice joined together. Biting into one you definitely get that gorgeous strong caramel, sweet hit but it doesn't last long. Once you get through the coating they are quite bland, it would be nice if the caramel went all the way through the rice cake rather than just on the outside. The caramel coating is definitely full of flavour though, very balanced and moorish, just like the caramel inside a Cadburys chocolate bar I think but obviously without the gooey-ness. In fact these aren't sticky or gooey at all which is great because I hate having sticky fingers, so these are a nice clean snack. The texture of the rice cakes is crisp when you first bite into it and then it turns quite chewy. My mum describes these as flavoured bits of cardboard, I can see where she's coming from but clearly I enjoy flavoured cardboard? I guess they are an acquired taste because rice cakes alone don't really taste of anything.
~ Other information ~
Each snack a jack caramel jumbo rice cake (wow that's a mouthful) contains only 51 calories and 0.3g of fat! I think this is excellent considering how sweet they taste, so they do no harm to your waistline and you could even afford to have two or three without feeling too guilty.
These caramel rice cakes are suitable for vegetarians. They contain soya, milk, wheat, gluten, barley, CELERY AND MUSTARD...ok? Why do caramel flavoured rice cakes have celery and mustard in them? That is really weird, but at least you can't taste it.
~ Overall verdict ~
I love too much on these as snack, they are light, last a long time and satisfy that craving for something sweet. I would certainly recommend these to anybody looking for a tasty snack, especially if they are watching their calorie and/or fat intake. If you're not such a sweet tooth I would highly suggest trying these in one of the savoury varieties instead. I will be buying these again but only when they are on offer and I may try some of the other flavours too!
I'm on a bit of a healthy eating kick at the moment, but still have cravings for something sweet. There are many different supposedly healthier sweet snacks by many different manufacturers, some are good some are bad, but are any of them healthy and tasty. Well to be honest I'm no nutrition expert and can just about work out the number on the nutritional guide on the backs of packets. I generally think that the healthier it is the worse tasting it will be. So how do Snack a Jacks Caramel fit into my crazy system?
First off I got two, six packet multi bags for £2.50 on a special offer at Tesco, meaning I paid roughly 21p per single 25g pack, which is good value in my mind. They come in a caramel coloured packet with some pictures of the product as well as the Snack a Jacks logo.
The pack tells us that there are the following nutritional values per 25g pack:
102 calories (5% of RDA)
7.5g of sugars (8% of RDA)
0.8g of fat (1% of RDA)
0.2g of saturates (1% of RDA)
0.1g of salt (2% of RDA)
RDA = Recommended daily allowance for an adult.
The actual snacks are mini rice cakes in a crunchy caramel coating. The caramel gives you the sweet kick you need, but isn't over sweet. Just right in my opinion. The rice cake is also nice and crispy.
Overall these fill my sweet craving need, and although looking at the nutritional info, in large quantities these aren't a great option, in small amounts they are in my mind a good alternative to eating a chocolate bar or something similar.
It's worth noting that they also to these in jumbo sized packs where you get a single large cake per serving. Overall I give these 4 stars.
I have got into a terrible habit of snacking on sweet treats after dinner. I am not generally a big pudding fan but I kept finding myself reaching for the biscuits or chocolate following a meal. I really wanted to put a stop to this naughty habit, and I found for a while that yoghurts helped satisfy my sweet cravings! But when I stumbled across these ginormous caramel Snack-A-Jacks I decided to give them a go.
I have never been a big fan of rice cakes as I think they are just a bit cardboardy and tasteless. But I have tried the salt and vinegar Snack-A-Jacks and quite like them. The manufacturers have clearly disguised the cardboard nature of the Jacks by overloading them with flavourings - fine with me if it makes rice cakes into something edible! But I had never tried the sweet ones and, to be honest and never had any inclination to do so, but as these big ricecakes were on offer (two packs for £2) I decided to get the salt and vinegar ones that I already liked, and try out the caramel ones at the same time.
Big and small
Snack-A-Jacks come in two formats - small rice cakes in a bag, similar to a bag of crisps (except with a lot less taste!) or in the format I am reviewing here - large rice cakes that come stacked up in a plastic wrapper. The bags have a plastic tie at the top to enable you to reseal the package.
The rice cakes are pretty substantial in size - about 1cm thick and 10cm diameter - although they weigh next to nothing as the puffed rice renders these as light as air! The colour is an off-white and looks fairly insipid and unappetising, except that one side of the cakes has a deep brown colour thanks to the caramel flavouring. You can actually smell the sweetness of these ricecakes almost straight away - it's a quite intense, sugary smell and strangely it is quite appealing - I was actually excited about trying these which is not something I thought I would ever even dream about saying about a ricecake.
The texture of these ricecakes is crunchy, yet a bit soft and chewy, and I am not mad about the texture, I must admit! I would prefer them to be a bit crunchier personally but I guess this isn't the ricecake way. But what is important about the cakes is the flavour. And on this front they do deliver. I was actually pleasantly surprised at the nice sweet flavour of these. It's a very sugary flavour and definitely quite an authentic caramel flavour. It is quite strong, which is a good thing as otherwise these would be completely tasteless. It definitely helps to satisfy my sweet craving and as a snack I think these are pretty good - they aren't massively filling but two - and sometimes three - does the job for me.
Each cake has 51 calories and 0.3g fat. This compares pretty favourably to your average chocolate digestive which has 74 calories and 3.5g of fat per biscuit - and much better than a bar of plain chocolate which has about 220 calories and 12g fat. But - let's be honest - given the choice I would rather have one of the latter! However, if you do have a sweet tooth but are watching your calorie intake then I would recommend these as a good option.
Overall, I can't really go crazy about these as they are a bit like eating sweet cardboard, but they are a good one to choose if you are trying to watch the calories but still want a sweet treat now and then.
Finally, as with all these types of food, it's important to remember that while low in fat and calories these things still aren't great for you - they contain sugar, salt and flavourings. Really, we should all give up the snacks and have some fruit. But that would be boring, wouldn't it!
These are suitable for vegetarians and coeliacs.
Wholegrain rice (31%), maize (with germ removed), sugar, caramel flavour [flavourings, colour (sulphite ammonia caramel)], sunflower oil, colour (annatto), soya lecithin, salt
I am a bit of a food bore - or at least I try to be. I buy low fat foods and recently I have started trying to eat little or no wheat. My sweet snack of choice was always Ryvita Fruit Crunch but as they have wheat in them, I have started buying these.
Caramel Snack A Jacks come in 30g bags, multi-packs of 6, or bigger 159g packs of jumbo Snack A Jacks. These are the ones I have, and I think there are about 10 or so in those packs. They come in a bright orange plastic packet which is sealed at the top, and inside the Snack A Jacks are stacked on top of one another.
The Snack A Jacks themselves are large, round cakes of crispy rice and corn. Some rice cakes tend to taste like polysterene (Sainsbury's Be Good To Yourself Rice Cakes - I mean YOU), but these are crispy, crunchy and actually taste like you are eating something other than cardboard!
The rice cakes have an orange, sugary coating - almost like the coating on toffee popcorn. This caramel coating makes them lovely and sweet. They almost do taste a little like popcorn, and the smell is similar too.
These are perfect for when you have sugar cravings. Because they are quite large, your cravings are satisfied, and one is easily enough. They are very low in fat and calories, and it's nice to have them with a cup of tea or coffee instead of a biscuit. It allows you to have a sweet snack at any time of the day without feeling guilty. I keep mine in the biscuit tin so I can just dive in when I'm having a coffee - perfect!
I would give these 5 stars, but tasty as they are... well, nothing can really replace a biscuit can it!
Each rice cake contains only 51 calories and 0.1g of saturated fat.
Thanks for reading.
Snack a Jacks are a healthy alternative to crisps, or perhaps that should be heathier alternative. Crisps are a nice snack but often the levels of salt and fat can be off-putting so Quaker designed this series of crisp alternative for those who were being more health conscious, were dieting of just after a change.
You can get these in all different flavours like Salt and Vinegar, Cheese, or plain so again they are somewhat similar to crisp flavours. This one however, reminds me of popcorn and you get the sweet hit on the caramel flavour on one side and the healthy hit of the rice on the other so it's 50/50.
30g packets are normally about 45p or you can get 5 for £2 in Sainsburys right now. You can also buy multipacks which are good for lunch boxes and so on.
Snack a Jacks are essentially toasted rice cakes. They are very light in weight, a nice golden brown colour and generally rougly a ciruclar shape. They are very crunchy and snappy also. Because they are so light and airy, for the weight you get lots in the bag which is nice. The dull rice flavour is totally altered by the caramel flavouring which isn't too stron.
However, these are really quite dry and I wouldn't want to eat them without a drink nearby. These are a really good alternative to crisps and at only just over 100 calories, not bad for you.
I first tried the Snack a Jack range when trying to drop a few pounds last year. My biggest problem is a craving for sweet food, especially after a meal and I found these were good in satisfying that craving without consuming a lot of calories.
The product comes in 2 different forms - a multi pack of 6 smaller bags as shown in the photo or as a larger tower of individual rice cakes. I tend to buy the tower as I find it lasts longer although I do occasionally buy the multi pack as it comes in handy for lunchboxes etc.
Each packets contains 159g of food, which equates to about 12-13 rice cakes each. I find that one is usually enough, but when feeling a bit peckish I can easily eat 2. Each cake contains only 51kcal and 0.3g of fat so they are great for filling up on.
For something with so few calories they taste surprisingly sweet. When I first tried them I expected them to be quite bland as other brands had been a bit of a let down, but as soon as I opened the packet the smell hit me right in the face! They have an almost popcorn like flavour which is very appealing. They are not coated in caramel as I expected, but the flavour seems to be infused into the rice itself. They are a bit of a contradiction in that they are both soft and crunchy at the same time, sounds strange, but very moreish!
My only gripe is the packaging. They have only one layer of plastic covering which means the cakes have to be eaten pretty quickly or stored in an air tight container, otherwise they do go soggy pretty quickly. They did used to have an inner layer which helped to protect them but this has vanished, probably as a cost cutting measure.
I would recommend these to anybody looking for a low calorie treat.
I bought these in my local discount shop for 49p as I wanted an alternative to take to work.
The packet is orange with white writing on a purple background. The bottom of the packet shows pictures of the product. The snack a jacks are described as race and corn snacks.
The pack is 30g in size and a whole pack will give you 122kcals, 1.8g of protein, 26.4g of carbohydrates of which 9g are sugars, 0.9g of fat of which 0.3g are saturates, 0.2g of fibred and 0.05g of sodium. The snacks are suitable for vegetarians and coeliacs.
Most of the snack a jacks are about 2 inches in diameter but the bag does contain lots of smaller broken up pieces. They range in colcour from white to golden brown. The darker they are in colour, the stronger they taste. The snacks taste lovely, they really do taste of caramel. They are crunchy and are a nice texture. The caramel is sweet without being sickly. It is easy to eat a whole bag of these and I love them.
I started eating snack a jacks about 2 years ago when I was doing weight watchers. I wanted something that would satisfy my sweet tooth but not be high in weight watchers points.
The flavour I like are the caramel, they aresweet but not sickly and are low in calories and saturated fat - I was allowed 24 weight watchers points a day and one snack a jack would be only one point which is great!
Caramel Snack a Jacks come either in 6 packs as shown in the Dooyoo photo, or as a tower of 159g in plastic wrapping - that is what I buy.
The packaging is a orange brown colour and says |Snack a Jacks in white writing with a purple back ground, the packaging gives ingridients and nutritional information - it also says it is only 2% fat.
Snack a jacks are like rice cakes, only they are made of corn and rice, I find they are harder than the rice cakes I buy and they do not go soggy in your mouth when you eat them like most rice cakes do.
They are circular and lots of corn puffs and rice all squashed together with a coating of flavouring.
These are not filling but are good as a sweet snack they certainly stopped me reaching for the biscuit tin!
Snack a Jacks come in several flavours including salt and vinigar and chocolate, Ive tried the chocolate ones too and they are very yummy, I have also tried the salt and vinigar and whilst they are nice I think they need more vinigar flavouring on them.
Several shops near me sell these and the average price seems to be around £1.49 , though I am told they do them in Tesco cheaper but I dont get there often. Sometimes I can get them in Asda 2 for £2 which is good as I tend only to buy them when they are on offer.
I love Caramel Flavour Snack a Jacks and can find no fault with them other than the price some stores charge - £1.49 is a bit much for a big of corn and rice, but Im happy to buy them when they are on offer.
The Caramel Snack a Jacks in my opinion are the best flavour the brand have to offer. I don't really like rice cakes as I find them dry and tasteless, although I have no complaints about these.
When on a diet it is hard to find snacks that are low in fat but that will still keep your hunger at bay, and I can honestly say that these do.
Due to the caramel it also satisfies those sweet cravings. I wouldn't say that they are low in calories as they do contain 101 per pack, which is 5% of the recommended daily allowance and many snacks contain the same amount of calories and taste a lot better. For those who like more savoury snacks then I would recommend the salt and vinegar flavour. Not only are they good for adults but children like them to, my son usually has a pack after school which is a great alternative to crisp and chocolate biscuits.
The ingredients include rice, maize, sugar and caramel flavour. They are suitable for coeliacs and vegetarians.
Nutritional Information per 25g bag
You can buy them as part of a multipack and cost around £1.99, many of the large supermarkets have the 3 for £1 deal or they usually sell for approximately 43p per pack.
A highly recommended tasty but affordable low fat snack.
In Boots this morning with my little girl queuing at the checkout and she decides she wants some crisps. Mmm, it's only 10am so far too early for that sort of thing, even I was going to relent and buy crisps at all. So we compromised, I wasn't really keen for a paddy attack in the queue and because it was nearly our turn to be served I picked up a packet of these for her. Rice cakes, nice and healthy, not too messy and not too bad for 10 am in the morning. She's then in her car seat tucking in. Halfway through, 'Mummy I don't want these', says a little voice from behind.
Back home, sorted out the shopping and fish these out from where I stuffed them in my bag. I try one. Oh dear, me and Madam are not keen. I've always like the savoury ones especially the sour cream and chive, but these are not nice, for me they're far too sweet but still taste a bit savoury crisp if that makes sense. Probably not, but I can't really describe it!
They're small circular discs in shape but a bit nobbled with the puffy rice. A bag contains 30g so is ideal snack size and they are great if you're slimming. I used to have the savoury ones when I was dieting after having the children. A bag contains 122 calories and just 0.9g of fat. If you're dieting and need a sweet fix, these will probably do you and I do like sweet things generally but I don't like these, they're a bit caramel sickly for me.
They are suitable for vegetarians and coeliacs.
I don't know how they stack up in Tescos and the like but an individual bag cost 69p from Boots. They would be better value bought in the 6 pack multipacks.
All in all, they're a pretty healthy snack and if you crave a sweet biscuit and are trying to be good then try these. I myself, would go for the savoury flavour over these every time as, unfortunately, I just don't like the taste of them. I'm afraid they're going to go to the birds.
Even though my mum buys these in for her dieting snacks I love these so often sneak these out of the snack drawer, lol!
I don't really care about calories but I know others do so I will just tell you they are 101 calories in a 25 gram bag and I'm reviewing the caramel variety by Quakers a these are my favourite flavour which we often take to the cinema with is when we go (:
These crispy snacks are made of rice and corn and shaped into little flat discs which look bobbly in appearance!
They are low in fat so are good for healthy eaters but my main interest in them is the lovely crunchy texture and caramel taste which is really sweet but not too sickly either.
Snack A Jacks have been around for ages now and are always introducing new flavours, but caramel has been around for years, so this proves they are very popular with all different age groups.
Advertised as 'Less than 5% fat' this help makes them a market leader for anyone wanting a toffee-like flavoured goody without being too naughty! (:
Sold in a bright orange plastic packet and lasting for a few months on the best before date they can be expensive unless found on special offer, if full price they are around £2 for a multi-bag of six of about 45p a bag depending on where you buy them from.
I love these are they are so sugary tasting but not bad for me, good for getting the taste of caramel and very filling too. You usually need a drink with them as they are very dry though, even though it's a shame to wash away the lovely after-taste...
Suitable or vegetarians as they contain sunflower oil and coeliacs you should try them if you like the toffee-type flavour the way I do!
Worth a full 5 stars for a great product in my opinion!
Having found the perfect snack in the shape of Quaker's Snack-A-Jacks Sour Cream & Chive flavoured rice and corn snacks, I was eager to try the other available flavours. Imagine my sheer delight when I found that our Tesco was selling the other flavours (they weren't before) and on offer - 2 packs of 6 bags for £3. So, I put a pack of Salt and Vinegar and pack of Caramel in our trolley. I have already reviewed the Salt and Vinegar flavour which I enjoyed, but now it's time for a sweet treat with the Caramel ones.
The individual packet is an orange colour with pictures of the snack-a-jacks. On the back there is a little quote from some random member of the public about a 'Wicked Hair Do - there's different ones on each packet, which are quite random. Then there's the obligatory nutritional information, and the pack boasts that it's just 3% fat.
---What's in them---
Each 25g pack (the other flavours are 22g) contains 101 calories, which is more than the other flavours, but I think that's to be expected since it's a caramel flavour! But still, it's not exactly high calorie! Then there's 7.5g sugars (8% rda), obviously more than the other flavours, 0.8g fat, 0.2g saturates, and 0.1g salt (just 2% of rda). The lower salt than other flavours is again to be expected, not entirely sure why it needs any really, but still it's not that much.
Ingredients are Rice, Maize (with germ removed), sugarm caramel flavour (milk powder, salt, flavourings, butter and lactose from milk, colour (sulphite ammonia caramel), sunflower oil, soya lecithin.
These snacks are suitable for coeliacs, and vegetarians. There is no allergy info on the packet (or on the main packet either), but judging by the ingredients they won't be suitable for the lactose intolerant.
---Inside the packet---
On opening the packet I get a rich, sweet and sickly caramel smell. I really like the smell, but I don't think it'll be for everyone.
Each snack is about an inch and a half in diameter, and is like a mini rice cake except more golden yellow in colour, and shiny - looks like it has a glaze over it. They look quite different from the savoury ones. Just to look at you can tell they'll be nice and sweet. My packet contained 13 snacks.
---The Eating Experience---
First rice cake, and they have much more of a crunch than the other flavours.
The taste is not as strong as the smell would suggest. They leave a lovely sweet flavour in my mouth and I can't wait to get the next one. I think though that's partly because I'm so hungry having put off my snack by writing this review!
I like to hold the rice cake in my mouth for a few seconds and lick the sweet sugary glaze.
If I'm going to compare them to anything really it would be toffee flavoured popcorn, but then they're not really much like that. But then they're also quite different from savoury rice cakes due to the crunchy texture.
They leave a slight stickiness on my fingers and a few bits between my teeth, but far less messy than normal rice cakes.
I did enjoy my caramel snacks, and they seemed to hit the spot. On the whole I do prefer savoury snacks, and if I did happen to be in a really sweet mood then these might not quite do it.
However, I would certainly buy this flavour again as something for a bit of a change.
My packet has 8 months before it expires, so these do have a good shelf life - not that they'd last long in our house!
The 6 pack of 25g packs which I bought currently retails at Tesco for £1.99, or two packs for £3.
Alternatively you can currently pay 48p for a 26g pack (slightly more than the 22g packs in the multipack), or 3 for £1.20. Obviously this works out more expensive, although our Tesco does stock a variety of flavours in this size packet.
For more info visit www.snackajacks.co.uk